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noun [uncountable] discretion pronunciation in American English /dɪˈskreʃ(ə)n/

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  1. 1
    careful and sensitive behavior that does not upset or offend people

    The investigation will be carried out with the utmost discretion.

  2. 2
    the right or ability to make a judgment or decision
    exercise/use discretion:

    Teachers must be allowed to exercise their own discretion in choosing suitable classroom materials.

    at someone's discretion (=according to someone's judgment or decision):

    Stores will exchange unwanted goods entirely at their discretion.

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